Ghana will look to earn a semi-finals berth when they face the South American giants on Sunday at the quarter-finals of the ongoing 2013 Under-20 World Cup in Turkey
Nketiah, Attamah, Lartey, Rahman
Odjer, Salifu, Aboagye, Acheampong
The Black Satellites got to the last eight after seeing off favourites Portugal via a 3-2 scoreline and they are bent on maintaining the momentum now that they seem to have found their rhythm after qualifying from the group stage as one of the best third-placed teams.
The South Americans also got this far with an inspiring 2-0 win over Croatia in the round of 16 after placing second in group E with a 2-1 win over African champions Egypt, drawing 1-1 with England and losing 2-1 to minnows Iraq.
Chile scored four goals and conceded the same amount of goals in their first three matches; two of those goals came from danger man Nicolas Castillo whilst Ghana also scored five and conceded five with Ebenezer Assifuah also scoring twice.
Castillo was also on target against Croatia to take his tally to three in a game that saw him at the thick of affairs together with compatriots Martinez and Hernandez.
Coach Sellas Tetteh is likely to stick to the same team which beat Portugal 3-2 meaning Richmond Boakye-Yiadom and midfielder Michael Anaba who grabbed both goals to see Ghana through will have to start from the bench.
One area in the Satellites team which is leaking has been the right side of defense where Richmond Nketiah operates and if care is not taken players such as Christian Cuevas and Mario Larenas will have a field day there.
Skipper Lawrence Lartey and his central defensive partner Joseph Attamah Lawerh will also have to be at their best and watch their timing and positioning if they are to curtail star striker Castillo.
Both teams have the physique and the game promises to be an end-to-end affair with the side who will take chances carrying the day.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Ghana drew 1-1 with Chile in an international friendly in the US last year.
- This is the first time Ghana are playing a South American side in the knockout phase of the Under-20 World Cup, Ghana’s only encounter with any of them in subsequent rounds in U20/21 World Cup came in Malaysia in 1997 where a late Marcelo Zaleyette header in sudden death helped Uruguay to beat Ghana 3-2.
- Moses Odjer is the youngest player in the tournament 16 years (will be 17 on August 17).
- Ghana are yet to lose to Chile in any football game.
- Chile’s sensational Angelo Henriquez plays for the Manchester United youth team in England whilst midfielder Christian Cuevasas also plays for the Chelsea youth side.
- Richmond Boakye-Yiadom is one of the highly rated youngsters in Italy and helped Sassuolo to qualify for the Serie A.